Shikotsu-Toya National Park is one of Hokkaido’s most popular destinations with foreigners and easily accessible from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport. Volcanic activity has been created the unique mountains, caldera lakes and excellent onsen. The classic attractions in the park are the two peaceful lakes of Shikotsu-ko and Toya-ko, plus atmospheric Noboribetsu Onsen.
Shiraoi & Upopoy
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Visiting the Upopoy Ainu National Museum and Park in Shiraoi
At the southern shore of Poroto-ko in Shiraoi, the Upopoy comprises the National Ainu Museum and open-air cultural complex that has exhibit of the history and culture.
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Relaxing in an Onsen After Hiking by Shikotsu-ko
Japan’s clearest lake Shikotsu-ko is plunges as deep as 363m. This mysterious lake is never freeze in winter and its convenient access from New Chitose Airport. Shikotsuko Onsen, the charming village on the eastern shore, has accommodation, shops and restaurants.
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Taking in the Pleasant Parks Tomakomai
The coastal industrial city of Tomakomai has one of Japan’s vital commercial ports facing the Pacific Ocean. A number of long-distance ferries operate from Honshu. Most travelers skip this city, but Tomakomai offers a somewhat unique attractions.
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Soaking in Mineral-rich Noboribetsu Onsen
Noboribetsu is one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts bustling with international tourists. About 10,000 tons of mineral water gushing out every day from the volcanic valley of Jigoku-dani and muddy pond of Oyu-numa. The valleyside onsen town is small and walkable.
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Following the Scenic Viewpoints & Trails in Muroran
The heavy industrial city Muroran sits on the Etomo Peninsula, between the Uchiura Bay and the Pacific Ocean, with a natural harbor. It has a dramatic setting, Eastern Japan’s longest suspension bridge of Hakucho-ohashi, coastlines and factories make up amazing views.
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Taking in the Cultural Places in Date
Located on the southeast of Toya-ko, this city was founded by Tohoku-born samurai chief Date Kunishige in 1869. The bayside climate is mild, but the inland valley is cold and snowiest in winter.
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Hiking & Soaking Around the Picturesque Toya-ko
The calm caldera lake of Toya-ko is a unique tourist spot in the western part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Great eruptions caused a lot of damage in this area, however on the other hand, volcanic activity brought various benefits such as onsen and impressive views.
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Swimming & Camping on Toyoura’s Engaging Coast
On the rugged northern coast of the Uchiura Bay (Funka-wan) is a small town of Toyoura just outside of Toya-ko. A couple of beaches and campsites scattered along the coastline.
SHIKOTSU-TOYA NATIONAL PARK MAP
GETTING THERE & AROUND
TRAIN: The limited express train Suzuran runs from Sapporo to Higashi-Muroran (6 daily / 1.5hrs) via Shiraoi and Noboribetsu, continue to Muroran as a local train (¥4690). For Toya, the limited express train Hokuto runs from Sapporo (2hrs / ¥5830) and Hakodate (1hr 40min / ¥5390).
BUS: Donan Bus operates most bus routes in the region. From Sapporo, buses run to Muroran (2.5hrs / ¥2100 / some buses continue to the ferry terminal), Toyako Onsen (3hrs / ¥2830) and Noboribetsu Onsen (1hr 40min / ¥1990).
From New Chitose Airport, buses run to Noboribetsu Onsen (1hr / ¥1400) and Muroran (2hrs / ¥1600).